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Give Gary Harris the Credit

The Denver Nuggets snagged a much needed 114-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. An 0-2 hole heading into San Antonio wouldn’t technically be a death sentence, but it’d be pretty close for a young team that consistently struggled on the road this season. The story of the night was Jamal Murray’s…

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The Defensive Prowess of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The bottom half of the Western Conference playoff picture is a cluster. Four teams separated by a half-game are all competing to avoid the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets in the first round. Scheduling, health and streakiness will play a large role in the final three weeks of the season in determining where teams…

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Donovan Mitchell’s Sophomore Slump Ends Just in Time

A  decline in performance following a successful debut has plagued many sophomores from the 2017 draft class. Jayson Tatum, Lonzo Ball, Lauri Markkanen and Dennis Smith Jr. all experienced it to varying degrees. However, Donovan Mitchell’s essentially topped them all. Underdrafted (13th), he exploded onto the NBA scene, even snagging rookie-of-the-year votes from Ben Simmons.…

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Maybe We Were Too Hard On DeAndre Ayton

Course correction can be a tough thing to manage. Everyone’s had a staunch opinion on something or someone, doubled down on it, then grudgingly changed their minds when presented with new evidence. It happens in all facets of life, but it’s especially true in NBA Twitter. Sometimes you can get so caught up in a take,…

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Don’t Judge Marc Gasol’s Toronto Raptors Fit Until NBA Playoffs

The acquisition of Marc Gasol at the trade deadline gave the Toronto Raptors a key upgrade at a spot that could be pivotal in their postseason run. While the Raptors have mostly started Serge Ibaka at center this year, there are specific matchups in which a larger, more traditionally-sized big man is necessary. Unfortunately, Jonas…

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Collin Sexton Makes Strides, Gets Buckets

Everyone’s already forgotten Collin Sexton’s great game before it’s even over. The speedy Cleveland Cavaliers guard finishes with a game-high 28 points on March 11 while also dropping five dimes and grabbing four boards in a wild 126-101 win over conference power Toronto. All anyone remembers (by the end of the game) is when the…

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Wayne Ellington Proving Key to Detroit Pistons’ Surge

And just like that, the Detroit Pistons are sitting in the 6th seed… After winning five in a row and eight of their last ten, the Pistons are also the hottest team in the Eastern Conference. Their surge includes an 8-1 record since the All-Star break, scoring an average of 118.3 points per game during that…

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Trae Young’s Not the Only Atlanta Hawks Rookie Turning Heads

The 2018 draft class is turning out to be a doozy. Luka Doncic and Trae Young are setting the world on fire, while DeAndre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Bagley III have quietly turned in strong performances. Lottery picks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, Mikal Bridges and Wendell Carter Jr. all showed enough upside to…

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Karl-Anthony Towns Can’t Be Stopped

“He can’t do s–t against me!” That emotionally-charged outburst felt like the defining moment of Karl-Anthony Towns’ season. It could’ve been, considering his God-given talents. Towns is an elite shooter and post player. It would surprise no one that a fellow giant struggled to contain the former Kentucky big man. It should’ve been, had the phrase…

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Reggie Jackson, Andre Drummond Have Figured it Out Just in Time

Since the Detroit Pistons acquired Reggie Jackson at the 2015 trade deadline, the synergy between he and Andre Drummond has been one of the franchise’s bedrocks. There just hasn’t been enough of it for a foundation. In spite of a promising start during their first full season together in 2015-16 (when they led the Pistons…

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